After the Battle of Bull Run in 1861, the Secretary of War names Dorothea Dix as Superintendent over the female nurses assigned to the US Army. “Dragon” Dix established strict criteria for any woman who desired to serve. She had to be above 30 years of age, wear only plain dark colors, and have no ‘ribbons, curls, bows, or hoops’ about her person.
Katherine Wilkes fits all the criteria but one – she has a head of curls so tight even God couldn’t straighten them.
When Kate decides to give all she has to nursing the Union wounded, she faces opposition from the male surgeons, but she will stop at nothing to get what she needs for her “boys.”
Chief Surgeon Major James Logan resists Kate’s assignment to his ward, believing it’s no place for a woman. Major Logan has suffered war casualties himself, including the loss of a leg, his fiancé, and his future. He feels himself half a man, even though he knows he should be thankful to be alive. But when he sees that cholera, piles of bloody amputated limbs, and the stench of gangrene do nothing to faze Kate, she gains his grudging confidence.
Sparks begin to fly between Kate and Major Logan, but Kate hides a secret that won’t allow her to fall in love.
Something that drives her to do dangerous things.
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